According to the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) 90% of on-the-job eye injuries could be avoided wearing eye protection at work. Nearly 2000 workers each day suffer from eye-related injury that require medical attention. Around 40% of those injuries occur in the construction and manufacturing industries. Additionally, eye injuries suffered at work cost an estimated $300 million annually in lost productivity, treatment and compensation.
Incorporating eye wellness into daily work routines is truly worth the ounce of prevention! The AAo has designated March as Workplace Eye Wellness Month and they offer the following tips for avoiding eye injuries or eye strain:
- Wear protective eyewear appropriate for the type of hazard you may encounter.
- Position your computer monitor 25 inches away.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a break by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Reduce glare on your cell phone or digital device.
- Adjust environmental lighting near your workstation.
OSHA recommends wearing eye protection at work for many industries. If you or a worker experiences an eye injury on the job, he or she should seek medical attention from an ophthalmologist or go to an emergency room for immediate care as soon as possible.
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